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November 2010 Election Handbook: Candidate Q&As, Ballot Measures and Voter Guides

Find answers to all your elections questions here.

Four candidates vied for two seats on the Albany City Council on Nov. 2. The final date to register to vote was Oct. 18, and Oct. 26 was the final day to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

See all the results.

Read the election night story.

Candidate forums took place Oct. 7 and Oct. 19.

Albany Patch has compiled background information on each of the candidates, which can be found here:

  • Marge Atkinson (incumbent)
  • Caryl O'Keefe
  • Francesco Papalia
  • Joanne Wile (incumbent)

We also have published issues questionnaires on nine hot Albany topics.

  • Projected Budget Deficit
  • On the Waterfront
  • Safeway on Solano
  • Pierce Street Park
  • Public Campaign Financing
  • City's Biggest Success Over the Past Four Years
  • City's Biggest Failures
  • Grading the City on the Budget

View the issues by candidate:

Several of the candidates also responded to a number of questions about bike and pedestrian issues in Albany. You can view their responses here.

There will not be a Board of Education election because three people filed for candidacy, and three seats will be open. Learn more about them here:

  • Paul Black
  • Jonathan Knight
  • Allan Maris

There will be four city measures on the ballot.

Measure N: Eliminates the elected city attorney position and establishes the job as a City Council appointee. Majority vote required.

Measure O: Alters the city's utility users tax to reduce the communications portion from 7 percent to 6.5 percent, include video in the tax and require voter approval of all tax increases. Majority vote required.

Measure P: Allows the city to adjust the paramedic and fire service tax with the Consumer Price Index. Two-thirds vote required.

Measure Q: Establishes a marijuana business license tax. Majority vote required.

There's also a county measure.

Measure FTransportation Improvement Measure -- Alameda County. To repair and maintain local streets and roads; improve traffic flow and bicyclist, pedestrian and driver safety; improve public transportation; and encourage green transportation options; shall a local vehicle registration fee of $10 be established in Alameda County with expenditures subject to strict monitoring and with all revenues staying in Alameda County?

You can find other elections resources here:

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See other elections coverage on Albany Patch here.

Michele Feltman Strider October 27, 2010 at 03:01 PM
I'm so grateful for Albany Patch for helping me see what a huge mess the Albany City Council is. I had no idea they were wasting the amounts of money they do. I say let's be done with this Romper Room style of governance and reform our city's governmental structure. Albany deserves a real city government, one more accountable to the electorate. Write in your vote to Reform Albany's Government and let's be done with these very silly and very ineffectual people.

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